Tuesday, September 22, 2020

 FURTHER EXTENSION OF GRACE PERIOD OF 3 MORE MONTHS FOR PUBLISHING/ PRINTING OF REGISTERED NEWSPAPERS (AS A WHOLE FROM MARCH-2020 TO NOVEMBER-2020) AND ALLOW POSTING OF THE SAME UPTO DECEMBER-2020 IN VIEW OF COVID-19 PANDEMIC AND SUBSEQUENT LOCKDOWN-REG (Click the link below to view)

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ORGANISE PROTEST DEMONSTRATION AT ALL WORK PLACES ON 23RD SEPTEMBER, 2020 AGAINST THE ANTI WORKER DESTRUCTIVE POLICIES OF THE GOVERNMENT OF INDIA

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 No. Confd./Circular-2020                                                  Dated : 11th September,2020

CIRCULAR

To

            All National Secretariat Members,

            All General Secretaries of COCs,

            All Chief Executives of All Constituent Organizations

Dear Comrades,

We send herewith the circular letter from the Central Trade Unions dated 9th September  2020, which is self- explanatory.   As could be seen there-form, the Central Trade Unions have decided to organise a demonstration on 23rd September, 2020 against the anti worker destructive polices of the Government of India. 

Over the very many incidents that have taken place in the country, it appears that the Government has decided to take advantage of the corona Covid 19 pandemic in the country to push through some of the objectionable policies which affects the working class in general and the Central Government employees in particular. 

(a)  The dearness allowance due from 1.1.2020 to 1.07.2021 has not only been freezed but has been decided to be denied to the employees and pensioners.

(b)  The restructuring of the Banking sector reducing the presence of the PSU banks in the country

(c)  Closure of defence production establishments

(d)  Privatisation of coal mines; air ports;

(e)  Privatisation of the oldest governmental establishment of Railways; its production units and maintenance.

(f)   Direction giving unfettered powers to the bureaucracy to enforce the provisions of FR 56-J to retrench the services of senior employees;

(g)  The enlargement of NPS;

(h)  The new recruiting procedures as against the regional recruitment demanded by the employees organisations etc.

Besides all these, the Government has now chosen the two organisations  affiliated to the Confederation, i.e. NFPE and ITEF for selected attack.  In both the cases, the recognition granted to these federation are sought to be withdrawn on flimsy, untenable grounds.  The ITEF apprehends that the new scheme is bound to result in large scale redundancy and consequent retrenchment or redeployment.  In the case of NFPE,  the re-recognition is stated to be possible only if they amend certain provisions of the constitution of its affiliated Associations.  Similarly the Government had been sitting on the proposal of recognition submitted by many unions and Federation of Central Government employees, giving room for the bureaucracy to do whatever they like in administering these departmental organisations. 

Apart from the above attacks, the Government has not been responding to innumerable representations the Confederation had been making in respect of providing treatment to the Central Government employees who are afflicted with the deadly virus corona covid 19.  While the private hospitals are allowed to charge exorbitantly  the government reimburses only a paltry amount to these unfortunate employees. 

It is, therefore, highly necessary that we form part of the struggle of the working people in the country against these policies.  We request all affiliates, cocs, and State Committees to take steps to ensure the maximum participation of  the members in the programme slated for 23rd September, 2020.  The affiliates may kindly prepare pamphlets encompassing all the above issues and enlisting the specific matters concerning their organisation and members.   The State Committees may please prepare leaflets in vernacular and try to reach out as many members as possible. 

 

With greetings,

                                                                               Yours fraternally,

                                                           

R.N. Parashar

                                                            Secretary General

                                               Confederation of CGE & Workers

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Monday, September 21, 2020

 EMERGENCY TREATMENT IN CGHS

EMPANELLED HOSPITALS

Saturday, September 19, 2020

REMEMBERING THE GREAT ONE DAY

STRIKE OF 19TH SEPTEMBER, 1968 

I consider it as my solemn duty to be associated with the webinar organised to commemorate the supreme sacrifice of the martyrs of the great one day strike of Central Government employees that took place on 19th September, 1968. The Government had considered the strike as a rebellion or a revolt against a democratically elected system. Whatever they could do to terrorise, oppress and subjugate by brutal power, they did – but it could not dent the determination of the employees. 17comrades lost their life in that struggle indicating how the Government of the day had been dastardly in their approach towards the strike of the employees, which happened, having failed to receive a reasonable response from the Government over their just, genuine and indisputable demand for the grant of Minimum wage, which proposition had been accepted by the Government earlier in the tripartite meeting.  The name of Pathankot, Bikaner, I.P. Estate in Delhi will always be a painful memory in the annals of that great strike action. Thousands of comrades lost their job.   Many were terminated and innumerable comrades were proceeded against.  Several comrades were dragged into criminal cases, which lingered on for years together. 

It is through such sacrifices, a great edifice was built.  Confederation became the voice of lakhs of Central Government employees.  It became the single platform to articulate the demands, negotiate and settle issues.  It united all employees and workers of all departments of the Government of India. Confederation became the forum to initiate struggles and carry it to its logical end.

The 1968 one day strike had a great prologue and a much greater epilogue.  The 1960 indefinite strike of the Central Government employees and the 1974 strike in which the Railways workers were the predominant participants, are recorded as the bitter struggles of civilian employees of India.  No strike had created such a tremendous impact over the society.  It compelled the Governments and the employers in general to effect a change in their attitude.  The Government set up a permanent negotiating forum called JCM.

The 1968 strike will also be remembered for another historical feat. Kerala was the only State in the country then ruled by a communist Government.  It openly defied the directive of the Government of India and refused  to take recourse to repressive measures to suppress the movement.  The then Chief Minister of Kerala, com. EMS. declared that his government would not take any police action against the striking workers, as he firmly believed that strike is an inalienable right of every worker. Com. EMS was threatened of dismissal of his Government but the rulers at the centre did not dare to do.

The 1960,1968 and 1974  strike actions were not mere pages in the struggle history of our movement but glittering stepping stones cemented by blood and sacrifice of our predecessors. We must on this day, though painfully realise that the basic issue that motivated and enthused the rank and file was the demand for a decent wage system based on the minimum wage formula, which the country had promised to the working class.  That demand continues to be our demand unrealised till today basically due to the inability of waging a united struggle of all Central Government employees.  Today is the day for us to remind ourselves of that unaccomplished task and take inspiration from the fact that the 1968 strike paved way later for the cost indexation of our wages in the form of Dearness allowance for employees and dearness relief for pensioners.

The post 1968 period witnessed political upheavals of an exponential nature. The declaration of emergency and consequent  suspension of all fundamental rights; the losing of power for INC at the centre, the experience of coalition  governance, the collapse of the economy, the emergence of communal forces through the spread of hatred; the disappearance of scientific temper from the society; the attack on secularism;  the attack on constitutional institutions,  capture of State power by creating communal frenzy  and above all the intensification   of neo liberal economic policies, the corporate  ascendancy  over governance, the growth of crony capitalism etc. are a few that compels mention.

Whenever the political power is concentrated on a single party having brute majority in the Parliament, the common man had suffered.  The rights are curtailed.  Legislations which are clearly anti-people in character would be made without deliberations.  Most of the labour welfare legislations presently in the statute book of the country have been withdrawn or replaced.  Ever since the new liberal economic policies were ushered in, there had been concerted efforts on the part of the Central Trade Unions to unite and fight.  Today barring the BMS, the trade union wing of the ruling party, all Central Trade unions have  come together to fight the continuing onslaught.  Confederation of CGEs and workers had been and continue to be the partners along with the Central Trade Unions and other independent Federations in this venture.  Innumerable strike actions were organised by the Indian working class since 1991.  Confederation was part and parcel in all these struggles.  But still, the unity of Central Govt. employees is  a mirage.  There had been no negotiation worth the name even on a vital issue like wage revision after the 7th CPC recommendations.  The Government has refused to make any correction to the blatant mistakes in the computation of minimum wage by the 7th CPC. There had been no consultation when the dearness allowance was freezed and denied in April, 2020 taking advantage of the Covid 19 situation.   Never before such arbitrary decision has been taken by the Government in the matter of dearness allowance compensation.  The Joint consultative machinery, which was set up with the avowed objective of avoiding the civil servants going on strike has been almost dismantled.  Its meetings are not held and no consultation is made on any issue.  The efficacy of our organisation in the face of these onslaughts has undoubtedly dwindled.  The unity of the Central Government employees, which  gave militancy to  the movement in 1968 has disappeared. This is not to say that the Confederation had been complacent or is complacent today.  It is only to emphasise that our activities are not sufficient enough.

In 1960s and 1970s, we have been raising the slogans against the monopoly capital. The Indian industrial scene in those days were dominated by two houses, viz. Tatas and Birlas.  Today when the entire country is gobbled up by Adani and Ambani, we must painfully realise that it did not figure even in our slogans.  19thSeptember, when we salute  our martyrs, when we commemorate that great struggle,  when we feel gratified of our achievement of cost indexed wage structure, when we remember with gratitude the sacrifices of our  predecessors, it must also be an occasion to ponder over the present state of affairs, make introspection and do things tangible enough to encourage the younger comrades to tread the path of struggles and ensure a better tom KKK

                                                                         KKN KUTTY

                                                                     VICE PRESIDENT

                                                CONFEDERATION OF CGE & WORKERS

 

Friday, September 18, 2020

 REMEMBRANCE DAY OF 1968 STRIKE  

Saturday, September 12, 2020

EXTENSION OF PERIOD FOR SUBMISSION OF LIFE CERTIFICATE FROM OCTOBER 2020 TILL DECEMBER 2020 (CLICK THE LINK BELOW TO VIEW)

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Friday, September 11, 2020

FIXATION OF PAY ON GRANT OF BENEFIT UNDER MODIFIED ASSURED CAREER PROGRESSION SCHEME MACPS - EXTENSION OF THE BENEFIT OF ENTRY LEVEL PAY PROVIDED IN DOE OM DATED 28.09.2018.

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 No. Confd./Circular-2020                                                  Dated : 11th September,2020

CIRCULAR

To

            All National Secretariat Members,

            All General Secretaries of COCs,

            All Chief Executives of All Constituent Organizations

Dear Comrades,

We send herewith the circular letter from the Central Trade Unions dated 9th September  2020, which is self- explanatory.   As could be seen there-form, the Central Trade Unions have decided to organise a demonstration on 23rd September, 2020 against the anti worker destructive polices of the Government of India. 

Over the very many incidents that have taken place in the country, it appears that the Government has decided to take advantage of the corona Covid 19 pandemic in the country to push through some of the objectionable policies which affects the working class in general and the Central Government employees in particular. 

(a)  The dearness allowance due from 1.1.2020 to 1.07.2021 has not only been freezed but has been decided to be denied to the employees and pensioners.

(b)  The restructuring of the Banking sector reducing the presence of the PSU banks in the country

(c)  Closure of defence production establishments

(d)  Privatisation of coal mines; air ports;

(e)  Privatisation of the oldest governmental establishment of Railways; its production units and maintenance.

(f)   Direction giving unfettered powers to the bureaucracy to enforce the provisions of FR 56-J to retrench the services of senior employees;

(g)  The enlargement of NPS;

(h)  The new recruiting procedures as against the regional recruitment demanded by the employees organisations etc.

Besides all these, the Government has now chosen the two organisations  affiliated to the Confederation, i.e. NFPE and ITEF for selected attack.  In both the cases, the recognition granted to these federation are sought to be withdrawn on flimsy, untenable grounds.  The ITEF apprehends that the new scheme is bound to result in large scale redundancy and consequent retrenchment or redeployment.  In the case of NFPE,  the re-recognition is stated to be possible only if they amend certain provisions of the constitution of its affiliated Associations.  Similarly the Government had been sitting on the proposal of recognition submitted by many unions and Federation of Central Government employees, giving room for the bureaucracy to do whatever they like in administering these departmental organisations. 

Apart from the above attacks, the Government has not been responding to innumerable representations the Confederation had been making in respect of providing treatment to the Central Government employees who are afflicted with the deadly virus corona covid 19.  While the private hospitals are allowed to charge exorbitantly  the government reimburses only a paltry amount to these unfortunate employees. 

It is, therefore, highly necessary that we form part of the struggle of the working people in the country against these policies.  We request all affiliates, cocs, and State Committees to take steps to ensure the maximum participation of  the members in the programme slated for 23rd September, 2020.  The affiliates may kindly prepare pamphlets encompassing all the above issues and enlisting the specific matters concerning their organisation and members.   The State Committees may please prepare leaflets in vernacular and try to reach out as many members as possible. 

 

With greetings,

                                                                               Yours fraternally,

                                                           

R.N. Parashar

                                                            Secretary General

                                               Confederation of CGE & Workers

_____________________________________________________________